Ophthalmic Technician Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States typically comes in around $15.69 per hour. Pay begins at $11.48 per hour on the low end and climbs to $21.75 near the top. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—27 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and 39 percent receive dental plans. Most Ophthalmic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Ophthalmic Technician Salary (?
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$26,981 - $52,637
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MEDIAN: $36,274
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Ophthalmic Technician Salary (?
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$11.48 - $21.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,981 - $52,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,193  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $4,085  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,226 - $47,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $21.75  
   
Overtime
$14.07 - $31.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $4,085  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,226 - $47,209  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,035
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.
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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks
  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician

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Compensation may increase greatly for Ophthalmic Technicians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Optometrist may make an additional $59K per year than lower-end positions. Becoming a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician is often the next step for an Ophthalmic Technician.

Ophthalmic Technician Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician

Ophthalmic Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Refraction and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 4 percent respectively. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records (EMR) tend to be well-versed in Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Ophthalmic Technicians, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $30K, increasing to $35K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $38K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Ophthalmic Technicians tend to earn $42K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Portland
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New York
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Baltimore
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Austin
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Phoenix
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Houston
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Louisville
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National Average
$34,000
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Philadelphia
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Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Ophthalmic Technicians, 39 percent above the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Portland (+26 percent), and New York (+19 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Tampa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around -11 percent in Philadelphia and -10 percent in Grand Rapids, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?
Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Refraction
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Patient Education
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Medical Photography
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%